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“Fantastic beach ruined by draconian car park experience”
Review of Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach
Ranked #5 of 34 things to do in Newquay
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This splendid beach offers excellent water for surfing and body boarding.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Fistral is a superb beach for families and for surfing. Sadly, if you visit by car, be aware that the north end car park starts before you start the descent down to the lower car park. There are cameras which record your exact moment of entry and departure. If you don't buy a ticket to cover and exceed this time elapsed, you will receive a stinging £100 fine (reduced to £60 if you pay quickly) through the post in a week or two.

For me, this ruined my visit to Fistral Beach, a place where I used to surf a lot. Not any longer.

If you are prepared to risk the car park regime, the beach, views, and facilities are amongst the best in the country. Beware of the surf though; if there are any waves, they will be bigger than you think. A lot bigger. Swim only between the lifeguard flags, and if you are a beginner surfer, take advice from the experts around you. People can and do drown at Fistral on account of the "freak waves" which are actually perfectly normal "big sets". On a few years ago several fishermen drowned when they were fishing off the rocks during the winter when a big swell was running, so be warned. Compared to that, a nasty car parking surprise through the post is the least of your worries.

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Reviewed 28 June 2018

Fistral Beach suited us as it was only a few hundred metres from our apartment. Everything you need for a day out, e.g. deck chairs/ lounger for hire, shops, bars, restaurants, toilets and showers, plus a beautiful beach.....heaven.

Thank brainyAyrshire
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Amazing beach where dogs can run free in the surf all year long. Good bars and restaurants on hand...again all dog friendly.

Thank Seagull2012
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Great beach
The shopping/dining complex is an excellent addition and gave us a bit of respite from the sun during the heatwave we are having.
Loved watching the surfers

Thank Joblurton
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

What’s not to love . Never fails to take my breath away whatever the weather. Everything you need is right there

Thank legs011
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